Moving to a new town and school can be tough on any teen, but when your new home town has made dancing and rock and roll illegal it's even tougher, especially when you're totally unaware of these crazy laws and end up breaking so many in your first few days! 

Rara skirts….Jacko’s pathetic one glove…..dayglo jackets…shoulder pads….Flock of Seagulls.

The eighties is the decade that fashion forgot, and the very antithesis of cool, but judging by a big house for The Wedding Singer there is a real nostalgia for that more innocent time.

Our Mutual Friend was the fourteenth and last completed novel of Charles Dickens.  He began writing it in 1863, yet here, in 2017, his words ring as true today as they did all those years ago.

Our House is just one example of the many jukebox musicals that appear in our theatres more and more every year. The UK tour of Our House only began last week and last night’s performance at the Sheffield Lyceum Theatre saw an audience of Madness fans enjoying their classic hits in a whole new environment.

Following on from last year’s Sheffield People's Theatres performance of “A Dream” by Chris Bush, his fourth instalment, “What We Wished For” once again brings together a huge cast of local amateur performers in what results in seeing some familiar faces plus several new local talents. 

Set in the 1980s when it was “all about the green” (i.e. money), wannabe Rock Star Robert J Hart fantasies about making it big with his wedding band, “Simply Wed”. Robbie is accustomed to being at weddings, but only as the bands’ lead singer, so with his own wedding literally around the corner, to the love of his life Linda, he is somewhat nervous.  Although on paper Robbie might “only” be a Wedding Singer, living in his grandma’s basement, he's a sweet and caring guy with a heart of gold, and ungrateful girlfriend Linda takes poor Robbie for granted.

What originally started as a CD compilation series which subsequently sold over two million copies after hitting the UK Compilation Album charts, gave the producers the idea of creating a stage musical adaptation.  Universal Music TV managing director Brian Berg saw a niche market for older audience members, who preferred the music from their teenage years.  The decision to create a musical based on the CD complications of the same name (“Dreamboats and Petticoats”) was finalised as it would “enhance the brand” of the popular CD complications. 

The Who’s Tommy is the second production from Ramps on the Moon, a collaborative consortium of six regional theatres and Graeae Theatre Company.  The project seeks to achieve a step change in the employment and artistic opportunities for disabled performers and creative teams, and a cultural change in the participating organisations to enable accessibility to become a central part of their thinking and aesthetics.

 

Ray Cooney's 1990 comedy - an Olivier Award winner (1991 for Best Comedy) starring Eastenders actor Shaun Williamson is currently touring the UK, and although I knew in advance it referenced a topic I usually avoid - politics - I went along to the opening night at Sheffield's Lyceum theatre feeling intrigued.

I’m one the 10 million or so people who saw Mamma Mia! during its record breaking West End run and the good news it still delivers high quality, light hearted  fun on its first UK tour.